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>> thank you. >> every one that is used for staoet's distribution. >> okay. >> we can take the... thank you so much. >> maoes leave time for other speakers. >> my name is ryan and i am the co-coordinator of the healthy corner stone foundation and the work in the tender loin is around food justice and i don't know if you have a chance to notice and the people's garden and that is across the civic center plaza and i have organized it to take on the roof top gardens because that is a real way to address the security and getting the people to grow their own food and becoming aware of that system. >> and currently also trying to
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work to establish in other people's garden in the south of market neighborhood because it has been a difficult process working through the city agencies and i really think that that is something that we need to support further in the city itself and the city needs to encourage the development and not the individual plot gardens and i am aware that supervisor avalos along with the community groups is trying to do a similar thing and running into the similar barriers even the elected officials. i agree to the issue in the food security in the tender loin and i phrase it around the access and the education and knowing what to do with the food once you get it and the ability to actually cook it and store it and prepare that food. but i would like to take it a step further and put on the conversation a little bit more and pose to the question of trying to answer how can you make it economically viable, if we are talking about the low income communitis that have the
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real high concentrations of poverty, such as the tender loin and 50 percent, and create the jobs around accessing the healthy food and give the folks the food and the opportunities to purchase the food and the sources and the example of that is the healthy corner store and that is going to expand to a meat market and going to supply the meat, and going to run that counter and i think that a lot of opportunity and we need to begin how to answer that and how can we answer that question. >> tell low, thanks for having me here today, my name is moxy and i am a physician in internal medicine in oakland and i am a university of utah public health student and i am here today because i feel concerned as you do, i see patients in the er often, about half of the time the first thing they ask me for is if they can have some food and the cafeteria is still open. and i recently saw a patient
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who had a heart rhythm problem that is frequently fatal, he in fact, was resuscitated in the passed and had passed away and been brought back to life with the cpr and the first thing that he asked me and he interrupted me is that he was really hungry could he have some food. one of the things that i think is really important about these issues is that we don't get trapped in the current structures and in the economic systems that have not served the needs of the communities and i think that one of the most important things that we can do is to organize the communities to feed themselves and meaning what we can do is start the food clubs to connect the communities with farmers, and we could also use these systems to train the unemployed people in running the food system which gives them job experience, grocery stores are vital and added the value for processed foods, but for one of the unprocessed foods is the avenues from farmers. if anyone wants to follow i have a blog that is on word
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press called just food and water. thanks so much. >> thanks a lot. >> thank you for the great work. >> thank you. >> so i am rebecca and i am the chair of the california home owner action coalition and i also work at saint anthonies and it is made of non-profit organizations through, in the community members throughout the state, that are concerned about hunger and working, on the legislative and policy solution to help to end the hunger in california. and i wanted to address one of the things that kind of came up as a question. and after the presentation. and related to the low participation in cal fresh, in the state of california. and why that is happening, and one of the reasons why, is that the state of california has opted in to put a lot of
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administrative barriers in place for people who are maybe eligible for cal fresh and want to apply or in terms of staying in the program and we have done a lot of things over the years to try to help alleviate that from implementing automatic intercounty transfer of benefits so that you don't have to apply to start from scratch and getting rid of the finger imaging requirements in order to get the cal fresh you would have to have your finger bio metrickly scanned and that is no longer a requirement because of the legislative work that we have done, we have moved from the monthly reporting to quarterly reporting to six months reporting.
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>> it is an insult or a term, and you remember that president obama is being part of a food stamp president, and so our community should be supporting folks and getting rid of that stigma and shame and supporting cal fresh. >> thank you. >> and the next speaker. >> good afternoon supervisors, kim and i am a member of the local homeless board and clearly to create the facility to reheat and fridge and store the food in the sros is going to require creating a partnership with the owners themselves and pg&e and other members of the infrainstruct and so i have four recommendations to that end. and one, is to creatively leverage the existing state and federal funding that might be
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used to redo the wire and to get the actual facilitis in the sros i know that two got this or these facilitis in for no cost to the owner. and my second suggestion is to work with the colleagues in abdomening sacramento. and to create other incentives for other sro s and to buy into them and to become attracted to them. and finally when there is a transfer of the property for the new owner to look at the legislation and the requirements, and when that property transfer takes place. but there might be some code up grades that could require.
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i would like to have access to cal fresh, thank you. >> we can make this more for the healthy eating and from time-to-time we go out to the public and to the community, and we demonstrate the healthy eating. and and i represent food justice leaders too. and where we have to help stores sell more healthier foods, thank you. >> thank you,...
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>> next speaker? >> good afternoon supervisors and good afternoon, and i am (inaudible) six months ago, and so i work under the iss in the home support and in the program,
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we cannot meet the needs and so that increases our compensation and so that it could be quality and so to our clients, and above all, the take this opportunity to thank in the help of the people to thank all of you who give the support. and in the philippines, thank you. and god bless us. thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> hi, supervisors, thank you for having this hearing and addressing this important issue, and james, senior disability action, a few years ago, my son and i were driving in the car, on the great highway, and they were talking about something. i was not listening, he was, and my son asked me, hey, what does it mean, scarcity is a myth? and i said, well, it means that
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there is a lot of stuff to go around and there is enough to go around. even here in san francisco we are experiencing a certain, social poverty. and it is a poverty of distribution. and not only resources but also of kind of caring about one another. and in many ways, the issue of hunger and the issue of these social problems are larger than the scope of any legislation that could be addressed although, we fully support the recommendation and think that the food access needs to be increased and it is part of a larger struggle really, and it is part of a larger struggle to increase the community access to things and that is why i want to say, thank you for all of the good work and everybody coming here to speak, it is bigger than this, we need to get together and start fighting seriously. >> thank you. >> before i wanted to say, miss janet is going to speak on
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behalf of jd myers. he had to leave. >> supervisors, (inaudible) and even though my english is not so good, but this country is very rich, and there are so many people who are rich. but, what i have seen in the streets, these helpless people, all of these people have got...
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and officially, i and i saw, the... and the old men, lying on the streets. and here doing nothing, and there are just moving there, and they are (inaudible) and in fact the it is the embarrassment. although they are very poor and they will... it will be careful for his, or her part.
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(inaudible). >> i am going to call one more card, it is a sustainable food system advocate and the leader in the food justice. >> my name is tony and i am with the senior and disability action and i am also with the town heritage foundation and i appreciate you the supervisors and bringing this to the forefront and i appreciate the task force and the findings and the hard work. you have a good view on the
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dots that connect housing crisis and the food crisis and we are looking at food gentrification you go around the city and find the places where they sell the good food and you cannot afford that. not to mention, monsanto that is trying to monopolize all food and is literally poisoning the community. with some of the recommendations and i have heard the people talk about aging in place, about the hospital discharge, procedures, and making sure that the meals are delivered to the people that are discharged from hospitals, and that having that service to make sure that insures health and there are other things that more food awareness programs were funded and explored and promoted. would lead to and i remember being a student at george
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washington high school and they started, and we thought that was the coolest thing and it was that and now we have an epidemic of young people with diabetes. and if i had known back then, that eating top ramen noodles and all of these foods that poor people eat were going to give me high blood pressure and different health ramifications i would never have eaten that stuff. i come mend people like ryan and the people that have their own ways of growing their food that are doing roof top gardens we should expand that and promote that. because those things truly do heal us. thank you. >> next speaker. >> supervisor campos and
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members of the community, (inaudible) i am the resource center of san francisco and first i want to thank everyone who brought this issue to the forefront and the people that work so hard on this task force, include the ability is really a civil right and it really effects our people that we serve in the independent resource center and i wanted to mention a couple of points. one is the prohibition against the people that receive ssa, from receiving the food stamps and really impacts the seniors and the people with
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disabilities, disproportionally, it is a major issue that really needs to be addressed and i hope is that through this process, san francisco can start to take steps to address this very important issue. i also want to say that many years ago, i have first hand experience with having the difficulty getting food, i was on ssi and so, this was many years ago but i have and i carry with me the memories of how difficult it was just to survive and to eat a proper meal i have a relative who is helpless in san francisco and he has moved to the mental health disability and when i was young he helped my mom take care of me and make sure that i
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was able to function throughout and growing up. and i am not able to help him now. but, what i am here to do today, is to ask, to remember, all of the people that are not here that are affected we need to make sure that everyone has access to food. and good quality food. thank you very much for your time. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> and next speaker. >> my name is tilen, and i am the director for a campaign for better nutrition and i serve on the cool district and much longer than i like to admit. >> one of the things that iment to talk about is a number of important things that have been raised to the healthy food purchase supplement and we had an opportunity in san francisco to go to the holy grail of public policy we take the local innovation to drive national policy and we know that it is difficult to be innovative around food where they are cutting food stamps by millions of dollars and what we have a chance here to do is to take
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the success of a program like the summers market program which my organization has been operating for the past five years. and leverage that into a larger program, for the entire city, that would meet a lot more needs and show nationally, what can be done when we can be truly innovative without all of the restrictions that exist. and so we encourage you to look at that program and look just at the farmer's market and when we started that program,, there are only ten ebt purchases per market day and this summer we had over 90 a day. and so this actually makes a big difference and it is not just make a difference when you are giving someone free money which is always a great reason to come in. also the people have said, once the program ends, in the fall, the people stay on and keep shopping because they see the value that they get. so, again, we are leveraging
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the benefit and so let's the advantage of having our great minds here and great innovative thought makers together on this healthy foods program and put together something that the rest of the country will want to imitate. >> thank you. >> hi. my name is shane and i am an advocate for the sustain able food systems and i hold an ma in food systems and i am a former... >> could you speak into the mic. >> and i am a policy intern for supervisor mar, i grew up in san francisco and fresno, california, which is also very food insecure and i want to thank paula jones and the task force for this report and i want to touch on two points. as a food stamp kid, i still sometimes feel the sting of the stigma of an adult, and i think that it is very important to end this in order to increase the cal fresh participants in san francisco. and in california. and also, i wanted to touch on
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the point of the connection between food security, hunger, and obesity in being over weight. hunger and obesity are two sides of the coin, they are both forms of mal nutrition and they cause similar mental health problems and challenges for learning in school. and i believe that achieving the food security will also have a benefit in reducing hunger. >> in reducing both hunger and obesity. thank you. >> thank you. >> is there anyone else? >> supervisor yee has a question? >> there is a question, supervisor yee? >> just a quick question, several people have talked about the statement of the food. and the food stamps program. and it seems that you are, and you have dealing with some fraud, and i am just curious, and what are some things that we can do to actually start
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addressing that? terms of getting rid of the statements? >> i am happy to talk about how much i benefited from the food stamps even though i felt that stigma as a child with my mom going to the grocery store and me running over to say that i am so interested in looking at these magazines instead of seeing my mom pay with food stamps i would be happy to speak in schools or wherever to talk about the benefits of it and how i benefited from theny trising and my mom being able to cook at home and to have the nutrition meals. and i think that education and advocacy is where we can start. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> if there is anyone else that would like to come up to speak,
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please come forward. is there anyone else that would like to speak? >> we are going to close the public comment after this speaker. >> good morning, my name is david harness and i was born in san francisco and i want to speak on people that are, and that are less and that don't have food, i have a disability. and my disability was i fell out of a window, two or three story window 13 years ago it was not a mental, it was a physical disability. okay? and i have diabetes, and i have high blood pressure, i am not access to all of the food like, all of the money that i get goes to budget to where to what i, to my rent. and things that i have to do. and a lot of times i eat at places like saint anthonies,
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and glide, and that is where people and when you see the people show up there, that means that either they are hungry or they have a problem and they need some kind of food. and people with disabilities and people that have die dietary they have to have special needs of what they need like for their diet, they can't have certain type of food. and i am speaking for the children that need that are hungry too because nobody should go hungry in this city, where they are spending hundreds or 10,000 dollars for a kid that has a back, you know, the fat kid, and wasting money, it seems to me that they are wasting money. my older brother was born with one arm, okay? and that is the way that he was born, he is four years older than me, but he does not live in this city any more. he was born with a disability. i was not, born with a disability it just happened and
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that is happened, that is happened. thank you. >> thank you. >> so, mr. chairman, could we close the public comment is closed. supervisor mar? any final remarks? >> yeah, i just wanted to thank everyone, especially the food security task force and dr. jones and everyone tremendous work. i think that the hearing has provided us with a sense of data from the two reports of all of the really good things that are happening within the city and especially successes with our department of public health and hsa. and the heroic work of the food pantries and the community based organizations that provide support and nurturing to people every day. but we have also received many great ideas that even are outside of the recommendations and the report that i hope that we will be able to continue to discuss and i think that the report gives us high priority recommendations that we as a
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city must commit to and achieve in order to ease the suffering of so many people that are out there every day in our communities. we now need to know, also, more of what it takes to achieve these recommendations, so the reports, and list of recommendations and even for each of our districts is so, valuable, and in order to move the city to be more food secure, and more hunger free, i and many of my colleagues here will be introduces a resolution that will demonstrate the city's commitment to improving the food securities and will also request additional work from the food security task force that they are already doing it but we are going to request it any way and it will be requesting the additional work from the specific departments and the food security task force and the broad coalition for food security that is here today to develop, concrete plans that will advance our project in achieving these important recommendations. dr. jones, and the food
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security task force, report will be back with this committee, hopefully, chairman campos on in march of 2014. and it is basically part two of this important synposium but it is really a grassroots to involve the people who are most impacted as well. i did want to say that some of the key actions requested and i am not going did read the long list but there are key important ones, senior and people with disabilities both, very, very strongly today with the clear voice. they will be requested to provide an analysis of the funding required and how much money does it take to feed people. and also the policy needed to insurance, the adults and are served in 30 days and in an emergency in two to five days in a report back by 2014, and another recommendation, to the
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hsa, the department of human services, and the housing and homeless division, especially in partnership with the city's homeless providers we are requesting that by march of 2014 that they determine the extra cost of providing meals that meet the traditional meals required and so with the partners working with us and insurancing that there are adequate funds and i know that those of us on the budget committee will be looking at some of the recommendation and another one is the department of children, youth and families, and is being requested to work with the community based groups and many of them that spoke today to develop the plans to expand the number of sponsors to the snacks to the youth in san francisco and to report back by march of 2014, and i am glad that okeefe who all three of us have worked with has been here and the coordination with the school district and many community based programs is really critical. but i think that my eyes have been and my stomach have been opened up in a lot of ways to a
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lot of the comments, and i think that innovative ideas on the eseros and the working kitchens and the wiring and a key goal and we need to look carefully at a lot of the suggestions and the suggestions of new concepts like food gentrification, or the food used as an economic development tool that can provide the jobs and better access and roof gardens, in many of the hotels and the strong coalition building among the leaders has been really inspiring. and from the food stamp kids and others, how we work to educate more people of the one in four people in our communities that are at risk of food insecurety and how it is very, very common, yet, some what invisible in this city among the richest in the nation, that we should not have this but i really appreciate the heartfelt comments om


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